VIDEO: Legislation passed the New York State Senate Monday that would allow law enforcement and firefighters to carry EpiPens to help save lives.
Under current law, they’re not allowed to carry or administer EpiPens.
“There are a certain number of individuals who are identified in the law, which says you can carry an EpiPen and they weren't on the list unfortunately,” said Senator Jim Tedisco (R).
Tedisco co-sponsored the bill that will allow law enforcement officers outside of New York City to carry and administer EpiPens. As well as firefighters, who weren’t included in the original bill but Tedisco said they asked to be added.
EpiPens are used to reverse the effects of a severe allergic reaction. Right now, the list that allows people to carry them includes EMT’s and people who work with children. Tedisco said he heard from many agencies in his district who said they would want their officers to carry them.
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The Phoenix Fire Department is mourning the loss of a 31-year-old Phoenix firefighter who lost his battle to occupational cancer on Sunday morning.
Brian Beck Jr., a third-generation firefighter, was an eight-year veteran with the Phoenix Fire Department, while mostly working at Fire Station 33 in north Phoenix, according to the United Phoenix Firefighters, a nonprofit organization.
Beck Jr. is the second Phoenix firefighter who died from occupational cancer this year, according to the United Phoenix Firefighters. Occupational cancer is cancer caused by occupation hazards.
In a post on a Facebook page titled Support For Firefighter Brian Beck Jr, Beck's father, who is a retired Phoenix fire captain with 33 years of service, stated his son was diagnosed a year ago with malignant melanoma cancer.
Beck Jr.'s cancer is considered job-related under House Bill 2161, which was signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2017.
Beck Jr. leaves behind his wife and three young children, the United Phoenix Firefighters posted.
Beck Jr. will be memorialized by the Phoenix Fire Department as a line-of-duty death, according to the United Phoenix Firefighters.
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VIDEO: The Ankeny Fire Department is hosting its first Special Needs open house for people with disabilities.
The idea to have a separate night for families with disabilities came when community members saw a need for it.
Ankeny Fire Department Public Education Coordinator and Firefighter Karen Peters said, “They really are a high-risk group as far as fire and fire safety. We want to be able to give them and their families the extra time they need to develop plans.”
The open house allows families to take the time and go over emergency plans multiple times with first responders.
In addition, people learn about the dangers when it comes to house poisons, different types of smoke alarms and alert devices for people who are hard of hearing or deaf, CPR training, how to use a fire extinguisher and more.
Peters said parents will be able to try on masks firefighters wear to show children that the first responders are friendly and trustworthy.
WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines
Less than 700 feet from Millvale’s Ethel M. Taylor Academy, a Cincinnati public elementary school, bombs have been going off for years and a building is often on fire.
Don’t call emergency responders. They already know.
For years, the Cincinnati Fire Department has been setting cars and a specially-designed $3 million building alight to train fire recruits at 1898 Mill Creek Road. CFD also performs bomb training and explosives disposal in a special facility there.
Lately, some residents of Millvale and nearby communities — especially those with children at Taylor — have complained about the noise, smoke and potential health and environmental impacts associated with the site. In addition to the elementary school, a Cincinnati Recreation Center and a daycare are nearby.
Residents' worries are just the latest in a long line of concerns with pollution and air quality in the low-income, predominantly African American communities nestled next to the one-time industrial corridor along Beekman Street and the Mill Creek.
CFD says it is listening and working to mitigate problems — but a complete fix may take a long-term effort.
VIDEO: The Navarre Beach Fire Department wants to become a state-recognized fire district.
Right now, they're privately owned.
Fire Chief Danny Fureigh is asking the county to approve a non-binding referendum on the county's special election ballot in August to gauge how voters feel.
Fureigh said state lawmakers want to know they have the community's support before they ask the legislature to make the Navarre Beach Fire Department state-recognized.
He told Channel 3 News he wants his full-time firefighters to retire with a state pension.
Right now, the privately-owned department can't fund that.
Fureigh said the change will also allow the department to apply for state funding for new equipment.
"So, what it's actually doing is rewarding our firefighters with a pension. We have some great firemen here who have been here a long time and they deserve a good pension," said Fureigh.
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